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By the numbers A 2014 Pew Research Center report suggested that the United States' adult population of pagans and Wiccans was about 730,000–on par with the number of Unitarians. The Atlantic Monthly, March 2020 © 2020
Dead-in-the-heads say I'd rate it a 10. I think we've done a great job. Donald Trump, responding to a reporter who asked, “And on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your response to this [COVID-19 coronavirus] crisis?” © 2020
Dead-in-the-heads say There's a lot of concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out. But I will just say, one of the things you can do if you're healthy – you and your family – it's a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant. Likely you can get in easily. Go to your local pub. Devin Nunes, March 16, 2020, who believes social distancing is unimportant in fighting a pandemic © 2020
Dead-in-the-heads say When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done. Donald Trump, February 26, 2020, on his administration's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus © 2020
Farming According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, median on-farm income (as opposed to off-farm income from working other jobs) has averaged a negative $1,569 per year from 1996 to 2017. More than half of farm households now lose money from farming. They keep going only because family members work other jobs. The Nation, February 18, 2020 © 2020
Farming From the 1960s to the '80s, about a third of each dollar American shoppers spent on groceries went back to farmers; in 2016, according to the Farm Bureau, that has fallen to less than 13 cents per dollar. Given total US food spending of about $1.7 trillion each year, that falling share suggests that the changes in the food system could be costing US farmers at least $150 billion a year – certainly many times the $18 billion in federal farm subsidies that were paid to them in 2018. The Nation, February 18, 2020 © 2020
Farming Now, what we see, obviously, is economies of scale having happened in America —big get bigger, and small go out. I don't think in America we, for any small business, have a guaranteed income or a guaranteed probability of survival. Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, March 2, 2020 © 2020
Housing Since the early 1970s, the lion's share of national income growth has accrued to the wealthy, who used some their gains to build ever larger houses. The near-wealthy, who travel in the same social circles, also built bigger, and so on down the income ladder. Although median incomes grew little during the past half century, the median new house grew from about 1,500 square feet in 1973 to almost 2,400 square feet today. Without invoking the power of behavioral contagion, it's difficult to explain this change. Robert H. Frank, The Atlantic,  March 2020 © 2020
Kwiplers say Calculate the minimum wage as follows: MW = CMHI / CMHS × WPY × HPW where: MW = Minimum Wage CMHI = Current Median Household Income, e.g., $65,000 CMHS = Current Median Household Size, e.g., 2.1 people WPY = Workdays Per Year, e.g., 240 HPW = Hours Per Workday, e.g., 8 [MW would be $16.12 using data above] © 2019
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Laziness To do nothing is in every man's power; we can never want an opportunity of omitting duties. Samuel Johnson, Rambler, #155,  September 10, 1751 © 2020
Liars say I've always known this is a real — this is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries. Donald Trump, March 17, 2020, who called COVID-19 coronavirus a "hoax" © 2020
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016
Snapshot He refused to tip, considering it an insult to the dignity of the waiters, and the waiters retaliated with poor service, accidental spillings of hot soup and insults. Leon Trotsky portrayed by Ben Katchor in The Dairy Restaurant © 2020
Twitter In 2018, according to the Pew Research Center, ninety-seven per cent of all tweets posted by American adults about national politics were posted by ten per cent of tweeters. A disproportionate number of the people in Twitter’s town hall are the sorts of people who were eligible to vote in 1820, before the first, Jackson-era expansion of the electorate: the wealthy, the educated, and the hyperpartisan. Twitter isn't the future of American democracy; it's the past. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, March 9, 2020 © 2020